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Cablegate: Uae Central Bank Still Willing to Train Iraq Fiu

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OO RUEHDE RUEHDIR
DE RUEHAD #1104 1821206
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
O 011206Z JUL 07
FM AMEMBASSY ABU DHABI
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 9261
RUEATRS/DEPT OF TREASURY WASHINGTON DC IMMEDIATE
INFO RUEHGB/AMEMBASSY BAGHDAD PRIORITY 0356
RUEANQT/FINCEN VIENNA VA
RUEHZM/GULF COOPERATION COUNCIL COLLECTIVE

UNCLAS ABU DHABI 001104

SIPDIS

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

STATE FOR EB/ESC/TFS, LCANNON, KLEAHY,
STATE FOR NEA/I, NEA/ARP TREUTER, DBAGWELL
TREASURY FOR U/S LEVEY, A/S JGARDNER, DAS HMENDELSOHN
FINCEN FOR AELBASHARI

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: EFIN PTER KTFN ETTC PREL ECON IZ AE
SUBJECT: UAE CENTRAL BANK STILL WILLING TO TRAIN IRAQ FIU

REF: 06 ABU DHABI 4392

1. (U) On June 21, 2007 OFAC Attache and Treasury
Representative Erin English met with Abdulrahim Al Awadi,
Head of the Anti-Money Laundering and Suspicious Cases Unit
(AMLSCU), the financial intelligence unit (FIU) of the UAE
Central Bank. Mr. English, who was recently stationed in
Baghdad, reported that the Iraqi FIU is still in its
formative stages and in need of training. Al Awadi
reiterated (Reftel) that the UAE Central Bank has a firm
commitment to support Iraq and will train the Iraqi FIU in
the UAE, or Jordan. The Central Bank would pay for
accommodations and other costs associated with the training.

2. (SBU) Al Awadi also expressed concern that the Iraq FIU
must be a unified institution and cannot be fragmented
between Baghdad, Basra and Kurdistan. The FIU cannot be a
political institution and under Egmont rules there can only
be one FIU per country. Despite the Iraqi FIU not being an
internationally recognized FIU, Al Awadi said the UAE was
willing to informally take and respond to requests from the
Iraqi FIU.
SISON

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